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Former President Clinton Blames 'Russians' In Part For Wife's Election Loss

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton with his wife, Hillary, during the campaign

Former President Bill Clinton voted for his wife, Hillary, as a New York Electoral College member on December 19 and afterward blamed "the Russians" and the FBI for her loss to Donald Trump.

"She fought through everything. And she prevailed against it all, but at the end we had the Russians and the FBI deal and she couldn’t prevail against them," he said.

Clinton said last week he believed Russia was responsible for the hacking and release of internal Democratic e-mails and documents that damaged his wife's election prospects.

He also referenced an announcement by the FBI 10 days before the November 8 election that it was reopening its probe of Clinton e-mails.

Hillary Clinton last week said the hacking was Russian President Vladimir Putin's retaliation for her criticism of Russia's 2012 elections.

“Putin publicly blamed me for the outpouring of outrage by his own people, and that is the direct line between what he said back then and what he did in this election,” she told donors, according to an audio recording obtained by The New York Times. “He is determined to score a point against me -- which he did -- but also undermine our democracy.”

Based on reporting by dpa, CBS, and Fox News